Namu Stonepot, a more casual spinoff of the well-loved restaurant Namu Gaji, is now open at 533 Divisadero. And it’s not just open — it’s open until 1 a.m.
With late-night hours, fast service, and more affordable items than those at their Mission restaurant, Stonepot is a way for David, Dennis, and Daniel Lee to reach more diners more of the time. Stonepot is even available for delivery right from the get go via Caviar — that’s a large okonomiyaki pancake, not pizza, in that pizza box Instagrammed below.
“We wanted it to be something where people come and eat two or three times a week, have a wide variety of experiences, and have it be easy-to-get food,” says Dennis Lee. “We want it to be as accessible as possible.” The new location also makes it easier for many early fans of Namu Gaji to enjoy it again, Lee points out: Divisadero is nearer to Namu Gaji’s old Balboa location than its current one.
Of course, like many new counter-service openings in recent years, Stonepot’s fast-service format is a financial decision, too. “It’s part of our response to the economics of the city,” says Lee. “How can we make this work and keep it still very true to our identity and our brand?”
One answer: The “budget bap,” a bare-bones bibimbap for just $5.95. Most dishes, from korean tacos to gamja fries to (gluten free) mochiko chicken, are $10 or $12, with ramen on the more expensive side of the menu at $15.